Now in Ontario you are not allowed to smoke in your car if you have a child under the age of 16 in your vehicule. Now this I like! People should not smoke in their cars if kids are in there.
I really wish more places would make laws like this. Also smoking in a house in which kids live. I don't care if you slowly kill yourself with cigarettes (unless of course you are on medicaid/medicare, in which case, my money is paying to keep you alive when you get cancer/COPD/emphysema/etc.) but smoking continually around children is child abuse, I don't care what anyone says. If you are an alcoholic and you drink uncontrollably around your kids, they get taken away because you can hurt them. Smoking isn't an issue of it CAN hurt them, it DOES. No matter what, it is going into their lungs and it will cause them harm in the future. It is a legal form of child abuse.
I haven't gone through all the recent posts, but I did come accross a few things and just wanted to say some stuff:
so why not chose the side that does not negatively affect others' health?
Birdie, I'm on the side of grown adults being able to indulge their bad habits every now and then. (Hell, isn't that the reason that we go to casinos?) I mourn the smoky bar. Not becaue I smoke (I don't) or because I'm not allergic to cigarette smoke (I am) but becaue I mourn the day when you could go somewhere where adults were allowed to be adults. For me, the smokey bar signifies a place where bad things happen. Not really bad things, but the kind of place that is similar to what I imagine a speakeasy to be during prohibition. It's the place where you get to indulge your bad habits, and I have them. I like to drink. That's my method of escape. I don't wish to deny others theirs, even if it takes .000000002 seconds off my life. I will give those fractions of a second up in acknowledgement that we don't have absolute control over the environment around us, and we shouldn't require it. Again, it's all part of sharing our world with others.
That said, both DC and Montgomery County (the city in which I work and the county in which I live) have smoking bans, and it has done wonders for my dry-cleaning bills. And those who come visit me love it. Also, I do think that this is a good development for those who work in these establishments. Because if you are a manager in a restaurant that allows smoking, I do think it's nice that you don't have to accept inhaling cigarette smoke as a job requirement. So that's a good thing.
But I'm still for being able to indulge in things that are bad for you now and then. I think that is one of my "rights."
As for the whole meth and coke and heroin thing. . .um, coke and heroin ARE legal. Ever get a prescription for vicodin? Ever heard of ritalin? Vicoden is an opiate, the same as heroin, and ritalin is a derivative of cocaine which is routinely prescribed to hyper children (and occasionally adults).
But, you see, vicodin and ritalin have drug lobbies who advocate for them in your legislature. Heroin and cocaine do not. Hence, heron=bad, vicodin = good!
In my opinion, we are completely ass-backwards in this country regarding our attitude about drugs, but instead of actually addressing that with a uniform drug policy. . .we regulate smoking!!!
Personally, I'm for making it all legal and then taxing the sh!t out of it.
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